Atwater Bloktoberfest - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: weeare138 on 12-07-2005

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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by proc:
Photo of proc
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fall offering from Atwater. Pours out to a dark brown in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of roasted malt. The taste is quite good, with the malty goodness giving way to a light, but noticeable sweetness on the swallow. The beers from this brewery continue to fly under the radar for some reason. They are always solid and affordable. This is a very good Octoberfest.

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Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sad to say but just another average beer from Atwater,I was hoping this would be a little better.Poured a bottle and a half into a 1/2 liter stein,a lighter copper/bronze with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Brown sugar and caramel malts in the nose,mainly on the sweeter side with no crispness our dough to it.Thin feel that doesn't help the thinner sweet flavors any,there is a little dryingness to it in the finish buthere just is no complexity.It's average on par with Lenie's and not as good as Sam Adams,sonot very good.

Photo of warnerry
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from fall 2010

Pours a nice clear amber color with two fingers of creamy head tha leave a bit of lacing behind. Smell consists primarily of caramel malt, though a bit of hop aroma is also present. Smell is simple but pretty good. Taste starts with some nice caramel malts and some slight hops bitterness. However, an unpleasant iced tea-like dryness comes in on the finish. Overall has decent drinkability. Definitely not in the upper echelon of Oktoberfests, but an interesting take on the style.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.
Poured into a nonic glass,Clear,deep meduim amber color with a 2" off white rocky head leaving some small chunks of spot lacing. Very little carbination looks flat halfway down the glass.

Very fruity aromas, lots of apple/pear with a sweet candied malt nose,grassy with a touch of metallic and slightly vinious.

Fruity tastes also,green apple with some pear. Sweet sugary maltiness,slightly metallic and vinious. Good balance with a clean,tart,dry, lightly bittered finish. Has a German feel to the taste.

Seemed a bit light for an Octoberfest,especially when it comes to the malt,had a bit of a grainy edge,not one of the smoother ones.
Was on the harsh side going down didn't like the sugaryness.
Not a beer i would recommend.

Photo of dwren89
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown with auburn highlights, tan head of decent size, great clarity

Aroma: roastier than most marzen a, with nuttiness, a little coffee hint, and subtle floral hops. Malt is most of aroma

Taste: malty, with hints of chestnuts, coffee, and toasted bread, as well as floral hop finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: crisp and easy drinkability. A wet and full kind of mouthfeel though. More full bodied than most American marzens. Medium carbonation

Overall: A much maltier marzen with more emphasis on the development of its malt character with hints of coffee, chestnuts, and toasted bread. Floral hops on the finish to balance

Photo of cooperkeg
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really my style of brew, but that's all my friend had at his place. I was very surprised to how true to style they were. The rich malt flavor was nice curbed by subtle hops. The carbonation was just enough to provide nice lacing as well as cleanse the pallet. Paired well with the burgers and brats. Thumbs up Atwater!

Photo of pmcadamis
1.7/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - A huge four finger khaki head threatens to spill over the edges of my oversized pint glass, and the resulting lace left in it's wake is crusty as hell. The head is pillowy, billowing, fluffy, airy, and it gets pitted and shaped as it slowly recedes to a solid two fingers and stays put. There is lace all over the place, and it looks crusty and crystalized. The brew is a deep, deep bronze-orange and slightly cloudy. This is one helluva good looking beer.

S - Light biscuity caramel malt and a big dose of mineral water / well water metallic notes. Salty and airy, with a note that reminds me of the way whole grain pasta smells when it's cooking.

T - Uhh. This is not good. Rotten apples that have been on the ground under the apple tree for several days in the hot summer sun. Red wine vinegar (O-fest are NOT the style to show astringent vinegar notes like a Flander's red), Italian salad dressing, and pumpkin innard scrapings left over from Jack-O-Lantern carving activities.

M - Medium bodied with a very off-putting foamy carbonation. Finishes sour and off-tasting. Blech.

D - Like a Hollywood bimbo, this beautiful brew is pretty on the outside, but foul on the inside.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried the Atwater Marzen Bloktoberfest at Boulevard's in J'Town, PA. The beer poured a rich amber with good carbonation that provided a decent head that laced somewhat. The smell included rye notes mixed in with sweet malt. The taste was primarily powered by barley and malt. Yikes, I do not like this beer. The taste includes strong rye that turned to like a sour mash almost. Lots of barely and malt. The mouthfeel was hurt by the pour taste. Best part about this beer was the end. Overall it up to you whether or not to try it...never hurts to tried a beer at least once.

Photo of aqsprint
2.11/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Great orange color. Good carb. Nice head.

S- This is going to be bad. Movie popcorn smell up front. Sweet malty in the back

T- Yep the unmistakable taste of Diacetyl. There is a soap flavor also that does not go well with my popcorn.

M- the mouth feel is fine, cant get past the buttery soap.

D- It was hard to finish the bottle.

Don't let this review make you steer away from Atwater. They make good beer. This may be the only batch with this off flavor. I an going to give the Blocktoberfest another change next time I see a single.

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready, nutty. Taste is also bready, toasted malts a bit of nuts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer. I have to agree with the previous reviewer, this does drink more like a brown ale than a marzen.

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a clipped off date of March 2015. Sampled on August 9, 2014.

It is nice to look at that is for sure. Deep reddish amber pour with a big off-white head and brilliant clarity.

The aroma is more subtle than anything but it does bring out some roasted malts, sweetness, nuttiness, but little to no hop bite.

The body is medium.

The taste tends to be on the sweet and nutty side. It reminds more of a brown ale rather than an Oktoberfest. But I guess the two can be interchangeable.

Photo of scottg
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with a thick off white head made up of lots of large bubbles with good retention. Earthy aromas, grains, noble hops, clean malt, a little musky. Chocolate malt flavor up front with some caramel and a middle tasting like musky, corn husk. Medium high carbonaion with a medium body, coats the mouth, easy drinking.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium amber hue with a short lived one finger loosely assembled head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel with a secondary breadiness.

The taste consisted of an earthy caramel and a rather vibrant noble spice. Some breadiness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good mid level American version.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a creamy tan head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. The nose is caramel and toasted grain with mild floral hops. This is pretty good tasting beer but the hops taste domestic (not a bad thing), otherwise nice and rich malts with a nice bubblegum quality. Medium bodied and easy drinking. An above average Example of the style.

Photo of toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated when it came out of the bottle. A two inch thick, creamy head that fell into a small, slightly off white one which is lasting all the way down the glass, leaving some behind. A ruddy copper color beneath.

A spicy aroma - smells 'belgian-esque'. Maybe mild clove?

I get that spice at first, followed by a sweet, mild malt finish.

Tastes slightly oily, but goes down easily with a tangy sensation on the back of the tongue.

Good oktoberfest - I would certainly have this again.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Bloktoberfest a couple weeks ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I went to Boyne Country Provisions for a small Oktoberfest beer tasting with this beer being one of the two beers to sample, surprisingly I enjoyed this one a little more than Hofbraus Oktoberfest and I thought I should pick up a bottle to review, so lets see how it goes. Bottled in October 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for Atwater with the only difference being the Atwater dude holding a beer stein and wearing traditional Oktoberfest garb, it looks ok. It poured a nice caramel brown color that took on more of a copper/amber hue when held to the light withe two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking, I have no complaints. .

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a some malts that impart some toasted. stale and sweet malt aromas followed by a pretty big fruit aroma that might be from the yeast, it has a fruit aroma that I really can't put my finger on, but it reminds me a little of dark fruits. Towards the end come some toffee and caramel like aromas. The aroma isn't that great or true to style, the fruity aspect just seems out of place.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a very grainy, stale malt and lightly toasted malt flavors followed by a slight buttery flavor. Up next comes that weird fruity aspect that's a little lighter then it was in the aroma and it has a mixture of dark fruit and green apple flavors to it. On the finish there's a watery toasted malt taste with a light amount of bitterness and a grainy and toasted malt aftertaste. The taste wasn't good, the fruity and light butter flavors hurt it.

M- Somewhat smooth, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok , but it fell too thin and watery for the style.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and it wasn't a good example of the style, it''s really confusing because when I had this from the bottle at the beer tasting it really didn't taste anything like this and it was much truer to style and little more robust than most Oktoberfests, but what I got was something that tasted, old, stale, watery, and muted, but it's a fresh beer, I just don't understand, but I'm still reviewing since this could mean that there's some crazy bottle variation. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was a little smooth, but it was thin and watery with some off flavors and the taste did not hold my attention, one is more than enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink another one that tastes like this. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it seems to be the only aspect that was the same as I remember it. What I liked the least about this beer was how different it tasted from the bottle I first had, there's no good reason why the two are so different. I would buy a single again in hopes I get one that doesn't taste like this, but I don't know if I'll see anymore this season and after this experience I'm not too eager to revisit it. I would recommend this one, but I would recommend the first bottle i tried, so it's too inconsistent for me to recommend to my friends All in all i'm confused with this beer, it just wasn't at all what I remember. Better luck next time guys, I wish this beer was more consistent since I enjoyed the first bottle i tried..

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 11/15/05...
Appears a copper toned amber with a lush head that never fades. Tons of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of malt and sugar with only some of the German traits standing out.
Taste is of a slightly malty mix of Vienna malt and citrus hops. Theres a mild sourness that isn't very noticeable.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a semi-dryness.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - No head to speak of just a weak ring of lace. Color is of a very dark brown which is clear.

S - Smells more of sweetness which is great. Toasted grains and caramel sweetness a plenty.

T - Toasted malts come off a bit aggressive in mid drink with touches of hops and a sweet finish. Almost chalky but not in a disgusting way. Not bad.

M - Light to medium it hides the ABV well.

Overall even though it is sweet its not really that great. And carbonation is lacking since the date is marked "August 2011" I assume I waited too long to drink this one but it's weird to see it almost carbonation-less after a couple of months. It's an OK beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brownish orange color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, grain, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and malty as you would expect with flavors of spices, caramel, grain and some fruit. The spiciness is a bit more prevalent than in most other O-fests. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance and bitter bite in the finish. The after-taste is bready.

M: Crisp a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style even though the spiciness makes it taste more like a Pumpkin Ale or a Winter Warmer, overall it's not too bad but there are better beers available in the style.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet butterscotch and a small earthiness. In the taste, sticky-sweet butterscotch and a sweet earthiness. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a sticky, dry butterscotch in the aftertaste. Quite sticky with butterscotch, but decent earthiness.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Hopefully it's not a chop-bloktoberfest, 'cause that'd result in a penalty. ...Sorry. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burnt sienna topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises old caramel, cardboard, and something else (and I'm gonna be a tad long-winded here): You know those air fresheners made from plunging cloves into an orange? Yeah, the last bit of the aroma smells just like one of those after several months of service. Suffice it to say, the smell is old and decrepit, and this is a fresh goddamn bottle. Nice start. The taste at least freshens up these components, but the end result is a muddled mess of bland, old malty "beer" filled with a couple cupboards of random spices, mostly clove. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, it's bad enough this is a generally bad beer, but to call it an Oktoberfest is an insult to the style. This seems like more of a crappy spiced winter warmer than anything, and even then it still sucks. Harsh words, I know, but if you drink this stuff (don't do that, by the way), you'll know from whence they came.

Photo of claminat420
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a nice transparent amber color with a very light tan almost off white thick foamy head.

S- just can smell a very sweet malt scent.

T- a very rich sweet malty taste. maybe a very light caramel hint in there too.

M- a hearty medium bodied brew with just the right carbonation.

D- pretty good. can prolly knock down a whole six in one sitting.

Overall- this brew would be my definition of a nice hearty oktoberfest brew. drinking it i kinda wish it was already fall and i was watching a afternoon game (football) with nice stew of a cornish hen ready to be devoured afterwords.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rusted root orange with some auburn hues. Small head of tan foam bubbled off quickly. Lower carbonation.

S: Rich malty bread with some doughy yeast notes. Some sweet brown sugar. Light grains. Caramel notes are faint, yet add to the depth.

T: Nice; Caramel malts and dough, wheat and grain flavors. Some roasted character and the ghost of smoke. Earthy nuances are rampant in this one.

M: Nearly no carbonation, but it doesn't matter, it still works. Slightly heavy and dense on the tongue, goes down smooth.

D: I'd heard a lot about this one, and i'm glad I gave it a chance. I bet it's even better on tap. Worth seeking out.

Notes: Gotta look for this one next season. Good local offering.

Photo of crenegar
2.22/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've seen a few other reviews of this beer talking about a butterscotch taste. Obviously these folks don't know what diacetyl is, hint: it's NOT supposed to be there. Well...maybe trace amounts here and there but it should not be foremost in the nose, what a turn off. I bought a sixtel of Penn's O'fest and one of these only to get home and tap the Block and get the diacetyl hit, yuck. I like the fact these guys do lagers and I've had their dunkel on before, pretty good. Tasted their stuff at GABF just last week but that was around 4pm...everything was starting to merge at that point.

Photo of animal69
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear deep copper color w/ a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my pilsn glass :not a strong smell, some raisony caramel notes and alcohol ; taste is sweet nutty caramel mostly w/ a bitter slightly metallic finish, some subtle dark fruit notes detected as well ; med. bodied and just a tad sticky feeling, not highly carbonated at all ; quite drinkable for a 6.2% ABV brew, not a spectacular fest but not a bad one either...

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Atwater Bloktoberfest from Atwater Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.